Alberta Day Kicks off Culture Days
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Alberta Day Kicks off Culture Days

The Ministry of Culture and Status of Women recently awarded 104 grants to organizations across the province to host Alberta Culture Days events.

About $350,000 has been distributed to applicants hosting events in their communities. Five feature celebration sites received funding to host three days of free, family-friendly events. A total of 71 host celebration sites received funding to host at least two days of activities, and 28 pop-up celebration sites received funding for one-day events.

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More Than an Apology | by Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

I’ve read that in most situations, people have not been ready to accept the apologies as offered. Perhaps because of personal circumstances, differing perceptions of culpability, cultural confusion, the utility for repairing trust, or indifference. When it comes to apologizing, remember that a sorry isn’t always enough.

Saying sorry and accepting an apology are two of the most powerful things you can do. It can save a relationship, give you closure and the ability to move on, open doors that were closed, afford you the opportunity to take fault when the fault is yours, understand you’ve hurt someone, and resolve to improve or do better. #YouCanDoIt

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(Re)conciliation: The Trauma Tour | Monica Bassilli

Indigenous Services Canada noted that the 24-hour crisis support line received double the average amount of calls during the Pope’s visit. Indigenous peoples cannot merely “forgive and forget” – parents lost their children, their communities, cultural languages, ways of life, and their being. Such an intense part of Indigenous identity cannot be repaired by one Papal visit.

Thus, the Pope’s presence in Canada began his Trauma Tour, a quest to repair the Catholic Church’s public image while providing lip service to Indigenous peoples. I am a settler, non-Indigenous, and cannot and will not assume the emotions and reactions of Indigenous peoples. With this in mind, I understand the political theatre involved in the Pope’s visit and the underlying lack of government action. There is much to be done; unfortunately, there is barely any political will to address it.

Dr. Judi L Malone, Nomination Candidate Edmonton-Ellerslie Alberta NDP Riding
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Local Psychologist Running for the Edmonton-Ellerslie Candidacy

r. Malone will run her campaign highlighting her experience a CEO, small business owner, and psychologist over the past two decades as well as her extensive experience as a board member for leading non-profit organizations. 

Issues that Dr. Malone has placed at the top of her priorities include healthcare, mental health, and education. 

“I want to use my energy and knowledge to energize and strengthen our province and assist Albertans to thrive with good jobs, good schools, and strong public healthcare that includes our mental health,” Dr. Malone said.  

Pope Francis was in Canada in July 2022
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Pope Francis in Canada | Reflections, Healing and Reconciliation

I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the indigenous peoples.

Dear brothers and sisters, many of you and your representatives have stated that begging pardon is not the end of the matter. I fully agree: that is only the first step, the starting point.

I also recognize that, “looking to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient” and that, “looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening” (Letter to the People of God, 20 August 2018).

An important part of this process will be to conduct a serious investigation into the facts of what took place in the past and to assist the survivors of the residential schools to experience healing from the traumas they suffered.

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Misogyny and Patriarchy in the West | Monica Bassili

With this in mind, learning to work with and beyond misogyny and patriarchy in the West requires women to work with men to improve their social, political, and economic position. By working with men as allies, women can gain traction in their communities to support the interests of racialized women. Issues such as familial services and support, affordable and accessible education, and domestic violence are community-based issues and must be addressed within the community. 

Jacqueline Biollo is a columnist with LCCMedia
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Bucket Lists | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

If I can be a source of inspiration, motivation, or strategic mentorship to help you identify or accomplish items on your bucket list – drop me a note in the comment section below (or hook me up through LinkedIn).

As the tagline to my consulting company, NOTSOLO, states: You need not be alone to realize your goas and objectives.

Our superpowers are rooted in relationship building and optimism. Let’s turn your kryptonite into your personal or professional advantage.